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Tony Chu takes a bite out of Kickstarter; mini-bust a go

Tony Chu Mini-Bust Ready to Take a Bite Out of Crime

Tony Chu Mini-Bust Ready to Take a Bite Out of Crime

Fans of John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Image Comics series “Chew” have successfully backed a Kickstarter campaign for a Tony Chu mini-bust — and there’s still time for more.

Designed by Guillory and Israel Skelton and sculpted by Derek Hallett, the mini-bust stands over seven inches tall and features Tony emerging from a can of beets with his gun drawn, ready for FDA action.

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This Batman action figure is, hands down, the craziest one yet

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We’ve written previously about Square Enix’s Variant Play Arts Kai line, which offers occasionally radical reinterpretations of characters ranging from Thor to Boba Fett to Wild West Batman, but for sheer weirdness, none of those even comes close to this Dark Knight action figure, hilariously described as “unique and stylized.”

Teased last year at Comic-Con International, it’s the work of Final Fantasy designer and Kingdom Hearts creator Tetsuya Nomura. It’s as if someone mashed together Zoltar from Gatchaman, Venger from the Dungeon & Dragons cartoon and Sauron from The Lord of the Rings into a horrible, glorious nightmare. A crime-fighting nightmare.

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The Fifth Color | A return love letter to Kaare Andrews

Iron-Fist-Kaare-AndrewsDear Mr. Andrews,

Forgive the Victorian formality of this letter as, while we have never met in person, I have been a great admirer of your work for a few years now. Your wonderful covers for the Incredible Hulk saved me from a rough time when Bruce Jones was writing the series.

It’s funny how we tend to blame the creative team when the book is “bad,” but can often seem like we’re praising the characters when the book is “good.” I don’t assume that’s always the case, but it goes a long way in explaining the fear readers have when there’s a creative change to a title, whether that’s the artist and writer of a comic, or an actor or director on a movie. In the hands of someone we don’t trust, don’t like or who simply doesn’t fit our “vision,” we can fear for the character’s safety more than we do the story the change might lead to.

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Godzilla defeats bureaucracy, finally gets Tokyo residency papers

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Even the King of the Monsters can get tangled in red tape.

More than a month after Godzilla was named Tokyo tourism ambassador and honorary resident of Shinjuku ward, Rocket News24 reports this week he finally received his residency documents.

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Watch Captain America vs. Hulk in canceled Marvel fighting game

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When Electronic Arts shuttered EA Chicago in late 2007, the plug was pulled on an unfinished Marvel fighting game that had languished in development for some time. The big selling point of the game, as Polygon recounted in this 2013 overview, was the ability for players to wreak havoc on their surroundings, bringing down buildings, statues and elevated trains as the characters exchanged blows. It was so big, the rumor was that the game would be called Marvel: Destruction.

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Thieves steal 500 comics in Calgary smash and grab

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Thieves broke into Alpha Comics in Calgary, Alberta, early Thursday, and took more than 500 comic books and trade paperbacks, stuffing them in a garbage bag.

Although no high-value comics were stolen, owner Chris Humphries told CTV Calgary the price for that many titles adds up, amounting to a loss of several thousand dollars.

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Comics A.M. | Singapore agency pulls grant for Sonny Liew GN

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Graphic novels | The National Arts Council of Singapore has withdrawn a $8,000 publication grant for Sonny Liew’s graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, a biography of the Singaporean comics pioneer that depicts some tumultuous events in the nation’s history. “We had to withdraw the grant when the book The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye came out because its sensitive content, depicted in visuals and text, did not meet our funding conditions,” said Khor Kok Wah, senior director of the literary arts sector of the NAC. He did not specify what the “sensitive content” was, but the book makes satirical references to Singaporean politics and history. The publisher, Epigram, will return the $6,400 that was disbursed already and will cover the NAC’s logo on the book cover with a sticker. The book will be published next year in the United States by Pantheon. [Straits Times]

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DC Metro bans ‘issue’ ads rather than run Muhammad cartoon

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The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has decided to reject all issue-oriented advertising through at least the end of the year after an anti-Islam group sought to run an ad in subway stations and on buses featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

The illustration, by comic artist Bosch Fawstin, was the winning entry in the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest held May 3 in Garland, Texas, where two armed gunmen were killed by police during a foiled attack on the event.

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Hot Toys’ new Luke Skywalker action figure is here to rescue you

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Even as fans gear up for the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (203 days and counting!), Hot Toys takes us back to the film that started it all with its Star Wars: A New Hope Luke Skywalker collectible figure.

Standing about 11 inches tall, the 1/6th-scale figure is, of course, based on Mark Hamill’s likeness in Episode IV. Featuring more than 30 points of articulation, the collectible comes with an interchangeable hair sculpt (for wearing the hat), eight interchangeable palms, Luke’s signature clothing from that first film, an LED-lighted blue lightsaber, a long rifle, a hat with goggles, a poncho, a pair of binoculars, a training helmet, a training remote, a droid caller and a display stand.

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Car crashes into Florida comic store

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Famous Faces & Funnies in West Melbourne, Florida, reopened today after a car crashed through the front of the comic store Wednesday afternoon.

According to local news reports and the store’s Facebook page, the 65-year-old driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries after she mistakenly stepped on the gas instead of the brake, sending her car smashing through the front of the building. A customer suffered minor abrasions, and went to the emergency room as a precaution.

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Grumpy Old Fan | A Supergirl for (all) the ages

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Girl, you’ll be a woman soon-ish

It’s a good time to be a Supergirl fan. The preview for CBS’s Supergirl debuted a couple of weeks ago (and some of you may have even gotten to see — ahem — even more). Based on that, the show has been named one of the eight Most Exciting New Series by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Closer to home, the preview also inspired my colleague Caleb Mozzocco to ask whether there were any non-terrible Supergirl comics.

That took me back. As someone who remembers the full and frank discussions about Supergirl’s image in the mid-2000s, when the character became emblematic of the decline of superheroes, it’s very weird indeed to realize that Supergirl could be a standard-bearer for superhero television.

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The Flash and Reverse-Flash zoom into ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

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Fast on the heels of Superman and Spider-Man, there are now Grand Theft Auto V mods for both The Flash and the Reverse-Flash. At this rate, players will soon be able to assemble their own Justice League.

Based on the Super Heroes series of mods, The Flash mod enables the red-clad character to run faster and fly higher, while the Reverse-Flash version introduces the yellow suit. There’s a super-speed feature that comes complete with rocket blast, fired from the butt, naturally.

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Iron Man figures reimagined as Hello Kitty, Batman and more

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Between three solo movies and two Avengers features, there have been a lot of Iron Man action figures release over the past eight years, but few of them — all right, none of them — are as amazing as these custom creations by Sam Kwok.

The artist repaints and sculpts Hot Toys Iron Man and War Machine figures (which don’t come cheap, mind you), reimagining them as characters ranging from Batman and Ultraman to Hello Kitty and the Alien Xenomorph.

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Five ‘Convergence’ tie-ins worth reading, even if you didn’t read ‘Convergence’

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Concluding this week, DC Comics’ Convergence put the big in “big event”: There were 89 individual comic books – a nine-issue weekly miniseries and 40 two-part miniseries – created by more than 75 writers and pencilers, plus a comparable legion of inkers, colorists and letterers.

Because of the sheer size, it’s difficult to review the event in its entirety, so I’m not going to bother picking it part here. The main series wasn’t particularly good, while the 40 tie-in series varied from terrible to excellent, with most of them falling somewhere in between.

In case you’ve watched this leviathan of a superhero event passing by without reading much – or any – of it, I thought it would be worthwhile to point out some of those excellent books, the ones that you should read if you decide to pick up any of Convergence, regardless of your interest in, or affection for, particular characters.

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Comics A.M. | Daniel Clowes on ‘Eightball’ and Shia LaBeouf

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Daniel Clowes

Creators | Daniel Clowes talks about Eightball, his hate mail, and the Shia LaBeouf affair: “I mean, I don’t hold a grudge. I don’t think about it that much. But I don’t think what he did was really forgivable. I don’t know that it matters that much if he’s apologizing or whatever. I just hate the idea of anybody doing that to some young artist who couldn’t hire legal representation. I’m sort of the one guy who could deal with something like that, and it would be really possible for somebody with his amount of money and power to just crush some poor young artist if that happened to them, and I would hate to see that. So I don’t think it’s something that needs to be forgiven; I think it’s something that always needs to be thought of as just a horrible thing to do.” [Vulture]

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